Details of the Seaton Ross Open Gardens event that returns for 2017.
Extra gardens and events…
– The Clocks Between gardens 3 and 4
This garden has beautiful views of the Wolds as a back drop. The gardener describes it as a ‘little bit of everything’. There are mixed herbaceous borders, a rockery, shrub, bog and rose gardens with a small vegetable and fruit corner.
– Sunnyside Between gardens 3 and 4
Not an open garden but a bedding plant sale in aid of St Edmund’s Church, Seaton Ross
The plants are in the greenhouse, if no one is around, ring the bell!
– Rushwood House
Drive one mile from the Village Hall, along the road south and out of the village. Take the first turning left past the Seaton Ross sign. Rushwood House is the middle one of the three houses at the end of the lane.
The focus here is a large fish pond with lots of water lilies. There are lawns around the house with flowering shrubs and borders. The garden is on a heavy clay soil, it has a developing woodland corner and an ever-expanding collection of roses.
– Find the Garden Gnomes – Children’s trail
In some of the open gardens there is a garden gnome marked with its name. Which gnome is in which garden? Pick up a quiz sheet with your ticket. All correct entries win a prize!!
1. Boundary Cottage (a National Gardens Scheme yellow book entry) and Wixley Lodge
You may need to get in your car to come the half mile out of the village. Boundary Cottage is a ¾ acre plantsman’s garden which includes twin ponds, gravel borders, cactus and succulent plants, herbaceous borders, boggy planting, a rock garden and fruit and vegetables. This garden holds the National Dicentra collection and Roger Brook writes a blog about his garden as nodiggardener.
Next door is Wixley Lodge – a garden beginning to be restored, visitors are welcome to take a stroll around and to meet the pet Rheas – Phleas and Spike.
2. Weathervane House (usually a National Gardens Scheme yellow book entry)
This is a two-acre woodland garden with magnolias, rhododendrons, azaleas, flowering trees and shrubs together with mixed herbaceous borders, lawns and a circular meadow. The woodland areas are at their best in April and May. There is also a fruit garden, a glasshouse and a large polytunnel with specimen rhododendrons and many other plants propagated on site. Plants are for sale.
3. Parish Plot and village information board
The parish plot is owned by the Parish Council for the use of villagers and it has gradually been reclaimed from wild since 2005. Overgrown with ground elder it was treated with weed killer several times and garden plants introduced over the years. It is now a wild garden maintained on the same no-dig principle as Boundary Cottage.
Once the site of charitable homes for old age village residents, the old fruit trees remain but only foundations of the houses.
4. Catton Cottage
This pretty, individual garden demonstrates the gardeners like for quirky features. Irregular shaped beds, wall mirrors and interesting objects nestle among the plants and enhance the flowers.
5. Swallow Cottage
Small is Beautiful! This tiny garden bursts with life and healthy produce each year. Lean over the wall to see what’s growing; in pots, bags and hangers are five sorts of fruit, eight sorts of vegetables, blooms and produce. It just goes to show what a lot can be done with a small plot.
This garden has been planted with lower maintenance in mind. There are shrubs such as rhododendrons and roses under planted with spring and summer bulbs and some herbaceous foliage plants such as Hostas and ferns. Part of the garden is heavily shaded by the Norway Maple and Beech trees in the churchyard so trial and error dictates the plants which succeed in the shady areas. There are paths behind the beds to invite a walk around and among the garden rather than just to look out on to it.
7. The Telephone Box
The Parish Council is in the process of buying the decommissioned, red Telephone Box outside the Village Hall. The village is thinking about how best to use and enjoy their new asset. Can you help? There is a suggestion box is inside the Telephone Box and all ideas and input are welcomed. The Telephone Box is decorated with handmade flowers and blooms in keeping with the Gardens Open Day theme.
- Throughout the village is a fun Flower Pot Character Trail.
- St Edmund’s Church is open and welcomes visitors. There are flower arrangements to enjoy.
- Also in Seaton Ross: The Pocklington Area Open Studios have three artists displaying their work at Old Mills at the junction of Breckstreet Lane, North End and Mill Lane.
- Also the Young Farmers Tractor Rally is this weekend and may pass through the village.